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Track: Foxes’ Ethan Martin out for the season

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Fox Chapel senior Ethan Martin will not compete this outdoor track season, Foxes coach Tom Moul has confirmed.

Martin, the defending state champion in the 3,200 meters, injured his Achilles in the fall during cross country season and it was questionable whether he would be able to compete this season.

But the injury hasn’t healed enough and Moul said Martin’s trying to make sure he has recovered by the time he and his twin brother, Colin Martin, run for the University of Michigan in the fall. 

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Track: North Feature Athlete — Fox Chapel’s Brandon Mitchell

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Name: Brandon Mitchell
School: Fox Chapel
Grade: 12
Sport: Track

Background: Mitchell is the reigning WPIAL 300 meter champion, but he missed the start of the outdoor season after breaking his collarbone during the indoor track season. His first meet back was April 8 and on April 11 he won the 300 hurdles in the Butler Invitational.

Fox Chapel coach Tom Moul: “He looks great. He’s such an amazing athlete that he’s been able to come back and look like he hasn’t missed any time.”

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Track: Senior twosome takes lead for Fox Chapel

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Joe Koch profiles Fox Chapel track standouts Brandon Mitchell and Brian Papich.

2014 0417 FoxChapel Track(Photo: Fox Chapel's Brandon Mitchell has overcome some health hurdles early this season to be a force on the track once again. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Two seniors likely will play a big role in how well the Fox Chapel Area High School boys track and field team does this spring in the sport's Class AAA arena.

But for one of them -- Brandon Mitchell -- the season will be a bit shorter than the ones experienced by his teammates. Mitchell received a favorable X-ray on April 7 to determine if his right collarbone has properly healed from a break that took place at an indoor track meet in March at Edinboro University.

The next day, Mitchell had solid efforts in a tri-meet against North Allegheny and Seneca Valley, running a time of 39.6 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash in 23.6 seconds.

At the Butler Invitational this past Friday, he won the 300 hurdles in 38.72 seconds, and finished eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.90 seconds. He also ran the third leg on the Foxes' 1,600-meter relay team that captured first place with a time of 3 minutes, 28.98 seconds."

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Boys Volleyball: Fox Chapel a contender for WPIAL title

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Fox Chapel boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

The Fox Chapel Area boys volleyball team was without two starters in Monday's rematch with Seneca Valley, but it didn't stop the Foxes from avenging its section-opening loss to the Raiders.

"Michael Eisner and Andrew Tublin are in Europe on a trip with our Spanish Club," said Fox Chapel coach Phil O'Keeffe, after the Foxes 3-0 sweep of the Raiders.

"Fortunately, our squad doesn't have one guy whom we can't live without. Our other players picked up the slack and led us to a very big victory."

The match was supposed to be played today, and mark the opening of the second half of section play, but was moved to Monday due to Fox Chapel's long Easter break. Tuesday marked the end of the first half of section play, but the Foxes had a bye.

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Swimming: Fox Chapel alumnus an All-American diver

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Rick Davis profiles Fox Chapel graduate JB Kolod, now a diving standout at the University of Virginia.

"Competing in his strongest event at the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships -- the 3-meter dive -- it was only natural University of Virginia diver JB Kolod would begin the championship final with his easiest dive to shake off some of the pre-meet butterflies.

What he didn't anticipate, however, was making mistakes on his very first dive.

"It was a back 2½ somersault pike," he said. "It's actually the easiest dive on my list. It's the easiest dive for a lot of people, but it's always one that people mess up.

"It can sort of surprise you. It's so easy you can try too hard or you can sort of baby it, but the secret is to just do exactly what you do in practice.""